Quinoa black bean enchilada casserole

Quinoa black bean enchilada casserole

Talking health with Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy has been relevant throughout the majority of my career as a radio personality. Their pop punk tunes have remained with their fans - who at first may have been angst-filled teens to now burgeoning adults, starting families of their own.

Image from falloutboy.com

I was able to speak with bassist and lyricist, Pete Wentz today as he prepared for his first Honolulu performance in this weekend’s Pro Bowl halftime show. When asked how he stays in shape with his grueling touring schedule, the 34-year-old had this to say:

“I think the biggest thing is make sure you get proper sleep and that you’re exercising in some way – because that’s how you keep your metabolism and your energy up.” 

Took a walk with very adorable resistance weight. 2 miles, burned 307 calories!

Took a walk with very adorable resistance weight. 2 miles, burned 307 calories!

Just finished mulching my Christmas tree. Took me two days to do it by hand but it was worth it. My garden is healthy and smells pine-fresh.

Just finished mulching my Christmas tree. Took me two days to do it by hand but it was worth it. My garden is healthy and smells pine-fresh.

As a New Year treat, I fed my worms some leftover edamame from last night’s party. Yay for healthy soil in 2014!

As a New Year treat, I fed my worms some leftover edamame from last night’s party. Yay for healthy soil in 2014!

What’s up Doc? Today’s harvest involved some interestingly shaped carrots.

What’s up Doc? Today’s harvest involved some interestingly shaped carrots.

Took a Christmas walk with my baby girl. Had to turn around because of a rain cloud coming our way but a least we got a mile’s worth of exercise this morning.

Took a Christmas walk with my baby girl. Had to turn around because of a rain cloud coming our way but a least we got a mile’s worth of exercise this morning.

There’s an app for that

If there were a support group for mobile app junkies, I’d be at every meeting - seated near the refreshment table. Mobile apps have been instrumental in my health journey. In previous efforts, I have lost 20-30 pounds by calorie counting with the MyFitnessPal app. However with the birth of my second daughter this year, my time has been stretched. I barely have enough time to finish a meal, let alone log its calories.

I want to set more health goals. Not necessarily looking for a New Year resolution per se, but rather healthy routines to fit into my everyday life.

If there’s one thing I am diligent about, it’s watering my plants/lawn. It’s one of my new responsibilities as a new homeowner that I accept with pride. So why not spend a few extra minutes in the yard to swing around my kettlebell?

I am currently trying out a new app called Endomondo, where I can save various customized workouts and even participate in fitness challenges with other users. What I love about it so far is how easy it is to log my activity. I tell the app which workout I’m doing, when I’m starting and when I’m done. It even offers to play music. After the workout is completed, it tells me how many calories I’ve burned, based on my weight, height and age.

What I also found interesting is that it measures my workout in time… not the number of reps. It’s just a gut feeling at this point but this approach to working out sounds like it will go along with my new practical methodology of setting goals.

Today’s rain was great for my watermelon and pumpkin seedlings. Hope everyone was able to stay safe during the storm.

Today’s rain was great for my watermelon and pumpkin seedlings. Hope everyone was able to stay safe during the storm.

Health regimens and New Year’s resolutions with Art Alexakis from Everclear

“Santa Monica,” “I Will Buy You a New Life,” and “Father of Mine” were just some of the Everclear songs regularly flipped on my cassette deck in the 90s. Back then I never would’ve guessed that 15 years later, I’d be sitting across from the hit maker himself, Everclear frontman Art Alexakis.

Honolulu is a regular stop for Alexakis and the rest of the band as they return for the 3rd Annual Rock Against Cancer Benefit Concert. The festival-style event raises funds for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research.

With a hectic concert and acting schedule, Alexakis was willing to share how he stays in shape in the midst of it all:

“When I’m home, my family and I always try to eat healthy. We try to stay away from a lot of carbs – breads and stuff like that. We treat on the weekends but we try to stay away from anything processed. We try to eat smaller portions and more vegetables. I lost 30 pounds last year, just doing that and keeping my Starbucks down to just 2 a week… sorry Starbucks.”

Since we’re closing in on the end of 2013, I also asked Alexakis if he believes in New Year’s resolutions:

“I do. I’ve actually only made a few of them and I’ve kept them all. This year my resolution was to get my feet done. There’s a genetic thing that I got from my mom and I felt I need to get this done.”

Alexakis was referring to a surgery he recently had for his bunion. He joked about how people lightly address the problem, as if it’s something that is simply scraped off. But as he so eloquently described it: 

“They actually cut a big piece of your toe off and then screwed them together.”

He admits that healing from the surgery is keeping him from this other regular activities for staying in shape, which is swimming 2-3 times a week and a half hour of yoga everyday. 

It can be challenging to stay the course on your health regimen, especially during the holidays. However is there is a carrot on the end of the stick here, it is to look and feel great. Even Alexakis set his humbleness aside to say, “For a 51 year old guy, I think I look pretty good.”